Dumfries’s Next Generation topple Weirs

15 07 2008

Tommy McBride saw Dumfries to a win at Weirs

Tommy McBride saw Dumfries to a win at Weirs

APD Dumfries won their National league match on a wet Weir’s wicket by five wickets on Saturday and it was the next generation of players that won it for the Doonhamers.

Dumfries had several familiar faces missing due to holidays. Weirs looked at the conditions and the likely bowling and opted to bat. This proved an important decision with the ball skidding off a damp pitch.

The opening attack set the tone for the match by taking wickets. Geary bowled both openers and Rennie claimed the crucial wicket of South-African professional Ruan Nel and Weirs were 21 for 3.

The inning’s best stand took the score to 41 when Alan Davidson in a parsimonious spell took a caught and bowled.

Geary was still taking wickets, claiming three more and Weirs had slumped to 48 for 7. Davidson, McCutcheon and Rennie chipped in with wickets to end the innings at 78.

With runs so hard to get on this wicket Weirs were encouraged with both openers gone for just 21. However the next generation of players, Russell Johnston, Alan Davidson and Tommy McBride grafted for their runs and the latter two saw the side home from a fragile position of 37 for 5 in an intensely played game.

The seconds, JMS Nunholm, lost at home by 2 wickets on another sticky wicket against Titwood. Titwood only had a total of 132 to chase but after a good start by the Clydesdale side good bowling and fielding meant a close finish with Peter Johnstone and Colin McKenzie each claiming three wickets.

The Sunday XI, Garrison Nunholm, registered a 30 run win against Queens Park with Trefor Williams out just 3 runs short of a century in the Nunholm total of 211 off the 40 overs. Again after a good start for the opposition some excellent catches backed up the three wickets each by McCutcheon and Farries to seal a win.

The firsts play SMRH at home on Saturday and in the Border 20/20 Final at St Boswells on Sunday. The seconds play Meikleriggs on Sunday at Nunholm.

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